Rays Remain Relevant
The Rays continue to keep pace in the AL East, as they posted another week at .500. Their record places them less than four games out of first. A feat many thought impossible at the start of the season. They earned series splits with both the Blue Jays and the Tigers as they prepare to host the Reds and a crumbling Baltimore. The Rays offense was largely on point, capped by a homer happy route of Detroit on Sunday night. This aided an effective rotation that helped to lessen the work load on some of their bullpen staff. Rookie Jacob Faria dazzled in two starts for Tampa, dominating some tough batters.
As long as the Rays can maintain this type of pace, they will remain in contention for a WC slot, which they are now in possession of. If they can do this while still managing a revolving door of injuries, we could see the Rays push for the post season. For this they’ll need to see the consistent production from their bats, arms, and pen that they have seen in the past few weeks.
I have to admit that the chance of seeing this Rays team compete into October excites me. When they are on, they are one of the most spectacular teams to watch play, much to the ire of my fellow Jays fans.